RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Tuesday said the on-going war against extremism and terrorism cannot bring enduring peace and stability in the country unless the menace of corruption is uprooted, stressing the need for across the board accountability to secure a better future for generations to come.
According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the army, General Sharif was addressing officers, men and families of Shuhada during his visit to militaryâ€™s Signal Regimental Centre in Kohat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
â€œOn-going war against terrorism and extremism being fought with the backing of entire nation cannot bring enduring peace and stability unless the menace of corruption is not uprooted,â€ he said, adding that the military would fully support every meaningful effort in that direction, which he said would ensure a better future for next generations.
â€œAcross the board accountability is necessary for the solidarity, integrity and prosperity of Pakistan,â€ the ISPR statement quoted the army chief as saying.
According to the ISPR, the army chief attended an installation ceremony during which he pinned the badges of rank on the shoulders of Major General Sohail Ahmed Zaidi to formally install him Colonel Commandant of Corps of Signal.
The COAS appreciated the sacrifices rendered both by men in uniform and civilians alike in defeating the terrorists and dislodging them from their bases.
General Raheel Sharif applauded the extraordinary efforts of ranks of signals corps in providing communications support to Operation Zarb-e-Azb.
Another youngster from Rabwah took award honored in sports as Mr. Ahmad Abdullah remained second in All Punjab body building competition. According to the details Mr. Ahmad Abdullah has been actively participating in the district, division and national level tournament. He remained second in All Punjab competition in 85 KG category. He has also been MR Faisalabad recently.
In a bid to counter demands made by Mustafa Kamal to ban the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM),Â a senior party leader on Monday rebuffed â€˜baselessâ€™ allegations against Altaf Hussain.
â€œAllegations levelled against MQM supremo and partyâ€™s senior leadership are baseless, [and are] aimed at shrinking the partyâ€™s vote bank, which is not an easy task,â€ Rabita Committee convener Nadeem Nusrat said while addressing a press conference via a video link from London.
The senior MQM leader said decadesâ€™ old propaganda was being rolled out against the party to malign its image in public.
â€œDespite false allegations and negative media coverage, people have always put their trust in MQM supremo,â€ he said. â€œBut still some â€˜unknown peopleâ€™ are being given undue media coverage.â€
Nusrat alluded to a number of historical events during his speech, which, he said, were reflective of the discrimination being carried out against the party.
â€œ[The] MQM was created as a result of the deprivations of poor Urdu-speaking people and has since been subjected to discrimination,â€ the party convener said.
â€œBaseless allegations are being put against a political leader who enjoys popular support of the masses.â€
Nusrat claimed undue pressure was being exerted against party leaders, who were being forced to quit the MQM and join the PSP.
He appealed the countryâ€™s top civil-military leadership, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif to intervene in the matter and stop â€˜baselessâ€™ propaganda against the party.
The senior MQM leader also demanded an end to a ban on speeches of the party chief, saying he should be given a chance to clarify himself.
The address came hours after MQMâ€™s provincial lawmaker Ashfaq Ahmed Mangi joined Kamalâ€™s bandwagon.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday formally appointed former Test cricketer Inzamamul Haq as the chief selector of the national team and the 46-year-old said he was â€˜happyâ€™ to serve Pakistan in any capacity.
Inzamam, a veteran of 120 Tests and 398 ODIs, named former cricketers Tauseef Ahmed, Wasim Haider and Wajahatullah Wasti as a part of the new selection committee.
â€œI am happy to serve Pakistan cricket in any capacity,â€ said Inzamam while talking to the media. â€œI am thankful to the PCB for offering me this post. I will try my best to do justice to with my job. I also want to thank the Afghanistan Cricket Board for allowing me to take on the national duty as the chief selector. I will also like to thank the Afghan players for cooperating with me during my six-month tenure as the head coach.â€
He added: â€œI requested the PCB to allow me to select my own panel. I have shortlisted three members of the committee which include a spinner, a fast-bowler and a batsman: the names are Tauseef Ahmed, Wasim Haider and Wajahatullah Wasti.â€
Inzamam then requested everyone to not expect result overnight. â€œWe will have to stay calm for a while and not quick results. I hope people will see results in the near-future,â€ he said.
Inzamam, who was part of the 1992 ODI World Cup winning team, further said that the head coach, captain and chief selector will have to come on one page if we want to produce results.
â€œWe are here to support the team,â€ he said. â€œWe would listen to the opinion of the coach and captain. Our cricket is not at its peak right now. The captain, coach and selectors have to come on one page. If we want to improve our cricket, we will have to work together.â€
While commenting on former T20I captain Shahid Afridi, Inzamam said that he was and still is the star of Pakistan cricket and when the time comes he will assess his form and then decide whether to play him or not.
He also hoped that he will be allowed to work independently without any external pressure as the chief selector of the Pakistan team.
PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan, who accompanied Inzamam during the press conference, said that they will name a new Cricket Committee in 10 daysâ€™ time and it will constitute of former cricketers only.
â€œThe Cricket Committee will comprise of cricketers only,â€ said Shaharyar. â€œWe will name the members in a few days. They will suggest changes in the domestic structure, in the role of curators and even about the balls that should be used.â€
Shaharyar further said that the National Cricket Academy (NCA) will now become an independent entity and former leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed will head it.
â€œWe think the NCA should be independent,â€ he said. â€œWe want to bring in a reputed man who can handle all the responsibilities. They will have their own budget. It will take some time but not much. Meanwhile, we are appointing Mushtaq Ahmed as the new head coach of the NCA.â€
Hamza Ali Abbasi is back with another head-scratching post on Facebook. This time around, theÂ Pyaare AfzalÂ actor took to the social networking website to draw a comparison between â€˜maulvisâ€™ and â€˜liberals.â€™
His conclusion: Maulvis are better than â€œso-called progressive liberal modern classâ€. Why, you may ask? Apparently because â€˜maulvisâ€™ donâ€™t judge him for being an actor who likes to discuss religion.
The social media sensation, who was earlier condemned for preaching morality and religion post his item number inÂ Jawani Phir Nahi Ani, started off by recalling he has been â€˜mockedâ€™ numerous times by liberals. â€œMany among the tolerant, the modern and liberal Pakistanis have often mocked me for talking about religion, against item numbers and yet being present at award shows,â€ he wrote.
He then went on to hold the so-called liberals responsible for forcing people to pick sides. â€œThey force you to take one side, as if you have to be a maulvi to even mention religion.â€
â€œHowever, I have never experienced such insecurity and mockery when I visit any mosque or madrassa. Never has a maulvi ever said to me that â€œtum actor ho, masjid mein kiya ker rahay hoâ€œ. I have seen more open minds & tolerance in those bearded men and hijabi women than in the so called progressive liberal modern class,â€ he added.
Pakistan Army and Punjab Police have launched a full-scale offensive operation against Chotu gang and have fired smoke bombs which forced the bandits to take defensive positions.
Army helicopter gunships pounded the island hideout of the heavily armed gang that has been holding 24 hostages on a 10 kilometres long island in the centre of the Indus River.
Earlier, Corps Commander Multan Lieutenant General Ashfaq Nadeem also took an aerial view of the war-stricken area and met the soldiers who are taking part in the operation.
Operational Commander also briefed Corps Commander over latest updates of the operation while the latter has directed to use all the available resources to wipe out gang crimes from the area.
Meanwhile, emergency has been declared in Sheikh Zayed Hospital, Rahim Yar Khan and Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Sadiqabad. Two wards have been evacuated while doctorsâ€™ holidays have also been cancelled in this matter.
On Sunday, Pakistan Army had warnedÂ the gangsters to release abducted policemen and surrender by evening, or â€˜be wiped out.â€™
Police and army troops continued operation against Chotu gang for 20th consecutive day in Kacha Jamal of Rajanpur and pushed the criminals back through their combined effort.
According to sources, Rangers and Pak army personnel are fighting in the front row against the infamous dacoits whereas surveillance of Chotu gang is being done through drones and helicopters.
At least six police officials have been killed since the start of the operation â€“ Zarb-i-Aahan â€“ to recapture the island.
Sources indicate that the abducted policemen are safe as of now. A plan has been made for their release and that the operation is expected to conclude soon. The dacoits have released pictures of the kidnapped policemen.